We are starting a new column to promote camaraderie within the Colorado Region SCCA. We will publish a brief bio (with photographs). So next time you are walking through the paddock at HPR or other Rocky Mountain Division track, perhaps you will recognize a face and say ‘hi’.
Here are our January ‘Local heroes’.
SCCA Member since `74
Currently driving red #30 Datsun 280-Z in GT2 and a V-8 powered Porsche 914 in SP. Past SCCA National Champion in a Datsun 510. Married to Mary-Ellen for 34 years. Own and operate Rallye/Sport-Winter Racing Engines in Westminster, Colorado since 1985.
I stumbled upon SCCA racing quite by accident after being badgered by a bank teller every week as I appeared at her window driving the Corvette. That was a long time ago as I really didn’t join until I decided I just had to go racing. That all happened in Lubbock Texas long before moving to the Denver area. My passion became racing almost from the moment I was introduced and after many years as a racer, being a steward became my favorite thing to do at the races. It gives me an opportunity to try to help current racers enjoy the sport as much as I did and do.
I started racing in 2002 with Skip Barber and have been a member and racing with SCCA since 2004. I raced FC for 7 years before switching to DSR last year (#32). I am married (wife Debbie) with three children – Kade 14, Joanna and Julianne 11 (identical twins). I am an orthopedic surgeon in Ft. Collins and specialize in hip and knee replacement surgeries. I enjoy the competition of racing but also enjoy just trying to improve my driving skills, improving my car and running ever faster lap times. The camaraderie that develops between driver and crew, competitors and SCCA volunteers also adds to the fun and overall experience of racing and keeps me coming back for more.
I live in Granby, Colorado. I am 17 years old and go to Middle Park High School. I started racing go-karts when I was 14 in the Colorado Junior Karting Club. I just finished my first year in the SCCA SM class (car number 23) with my dad as my mechanic. I started the year as a novice racer and finished with my national license and ended 110th out of 326 racers in my class. I am now going to compete in the Teen Mazda Challenge where I hope to compete at the highest level and challenge for the regional title in the Rocky mountain region and make a name for myself.
If you too would like to be included in the ‘Local Hereos’ column, send a brief bio and a photo of your car (if you are a driver) and a passport type photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org, use ‘Local Heros’ in the subject line.